Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was officially established in 1961.
Main objective of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve economic and social well-being around the world; it helps to foster prosperity and fight poverty through economic growth, financial stability, trade and investments, technological development, innovations, business activity and development of cooperation.
The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems; analyses factors which drive economic and social changes; compares data to predict future trends. Main outputs are analyses, research works and recommendations which take a significant role in counselling given to governments for key areas of their economies.
Essentially, membership is limited only by a country’s commitment to a market economy and a pluralistic democracy. Czech Republic became a Member in 1995.
The Council, as the highest authority of the OECD, is composed of representatives of the Member countries and the Commission and has decision-making power. Especially, it solves strategic issues of management of the OECD. Material issues are discussed within specialised committees, working and expert groups. The Secretariat supports activities of the committees and is chaired by the Secretary General.
The Czech Telecommunication Office activity within OECD is realised by a form of Working Party on Communications Infrastructure and Service Policy (WP CISP) membership.
The CTU cooperation with the OECD lies notably in systematic information and data provision on the topics processed by the WP CISP for the OECD publications, particularly the Digital Economy Outlook.
The Council meets regularly at the level of permanent representatives to OECD and decisions are taken by consensus. The Council also meets at ministerial level once a year to discuss key issues and set priorities for OECD work.